Lancers Name Cheng As Basketball Head Coach
(WINDSOR, ON) – The University of Windsor’s Department of Athletics has announced the hiring of Chris Cheng as the new head coach of the Lancer men’s basketball program effective immediately. Cheng becomes just the sixth head coach in the history of the program.
For the past five years Cheng has served as the first-ever head coach of men’s basketball at Nipissing University in North Bay. At Nipissing, he built the men’s program from the ground up and led them into their inaugural appearance in U SPORTS in the 2014-15 season. His team entered the OUA in the tough east division and their continued improvement saw them qualify for the OUA playoffs in only their third season in existence in 2016-17, where they defeated Queen’s in the first round.
“We are delighted to welcome Chris Cheng as our new head men’s basketball coach,” said Director of Athletics Mike Havey. “Chris has an impressive coaching resume and brings with him over 15 years of coaching experience at the post-secondary level. His experience as an assistant coach at multiple institutions, coaching high performance athletes with Team Ontario and Team Canada, as well as the last five seasons as head coach at Nipissing University position him well for this new opportunity at the University of Windsor. We are excited by Chris’ commitment to a values-based coaching philosophy focused on a culture of family and excellence.”
Prior to arriving at Nipissing, Cheng served as an assistant coach at York University. During Cheng’s five seasons at York as an assistant and a recruiter for the program, the Lions reached the OUA post-season in each of those years. He also previously served as an assistant coach at Humber College where they earned two provincial championships (05, 06) and two Final Four appearances at the national championships.
“I would like to thank Dr. Michael Khan, athletic director Mike Havey and the members of the committee for their confidence and support in selecting me as their new men’s basketball coach,” said Cheng. “It is truly an honour to lead this storied program and my family and I are excited to be joining the Lancer family. This opportunity means a lot to us.”
In addition to his experience coaching in U SPORTS and the OUA, Cheng has an extensive resume with both the Canadian national and Ontario provincial programs. Currently, he is an assistant coach with the Junior National team for Canada Basketball and he will be joining Team Canada in preparation for the U19 FIBA World Cup in Greece at the end of June.
He’s also served as head coach of Ontario Basketball’s U17 boys provincial team from 2010-2012. Cheng’s teams captured back-to-back national championships in 2011 and 2012 and he was named the 2011 Ontario Basketball Men’s Elite coach of the year.
“University of Windsor Lancers Basketball is one of the premier programs in the country,” Cheng added. “They have a rich tradition of success on the court, in the community, and with their alumni. I look forward to connecting and working with the current student-athletes, alumni, athletics and recreation staff, university faculty and administrators, and the Windsor community. I am excited to get started.”
Cheng is a graduate of York and is completing a Masters of Kinesiology at Nipissing. He will be joined in Windsor by his wife Siobhan and their son Tyus and daughter Taia.